May Day Baskets--REPOST

April 26, 2011

Is that right? I am still quite to new to blogging . . . Do I say "Repost" ?? I am posting this blog once again. May Day is right around the corner. I am trying to revive the spirit of May Day, so I present these ideas again so you can make up your baskets before Sunday arrives. Remember, don't get caught!

May Day
There is such a diverse history of May Day. From honoring labourers, celebrating spring and summer and worshiping pagan gods. There are also secular traditions that have taken hold (in America). May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged. This is what I think about when May Day is approaching. Every year my kids and I make baskets and leave them at the doors of neighbors and friends. After 12 years, most of them have caught on to us. And a few have literally caught us!! We always make 1 extra basket and leave it on our own step. That way, when "interrogated" we simply reply, "Oh, we got one too! I do not know what is going on!"

Sometimes we use real flowers or plants, sometimes we make flowers and sometimes we use artificial flowers. We always include a poem that explains a bit about May Day. Each year we add new friends to our list of recipients and they may not know about May Day! It is so fun!!

Today I present 3 ideas to inspire you to partake in the joy of treating (and fooling) your friends and neighbors on this Day of Fun and Love! I have 2 projects that you can do with your kids and one for adult crafters. I have made a video tutorial for each project. If you need more instruction, I am happy to communicate with you.

Flower Pot, Kid Craft
This is really easy. You can make the flowers using hand punches or your cutting machine. I like the punches because the kids get more involved and that helps to make an even better memory for them. Let the kids choose all the colors. They can even color on the pots versus adding a ribbon. Video Tutorial up next.

Seed Packet Pocket, Kid Craft
This is a simple scalloped circle folded to make pockets. Use patterned paper or plain and have the kids decorate it. The video shows a pattern for a 5-pocket packet by folding the half-circle in to thirds. You can easily make a 7-pocket packet by folding the half-circle in to fourths. You can use this creation in a variety of ways. You can use it for gift cards, party favors, love notes, even photos! View the Video Tutorial.

May Day Basket for Adult Crafters
This project was a delight to make. Using my Pazzles Inspiration personal paper cutter, I started with a built-in file for the paper bag. I show a second bag option with handles. Next I created the cut file for the flower petals. Of course I tested it out and tweaked it to perfection for you. You need a strip of paper that is 3" by 1.5" and four petals that are approximately 2" by 1.5". Add a few smaller green petals and a fancy stamen to nicely finish the flowers. I sued one sided paper for my bouquet. You will see in the video, that the yellow flower is colored on both sides. It is more beautiful and I recommend that choice in paper. One last Video Tutorial.

3 comments on “May Day Baskets--REPOST”

  1. it is always nice to see our favorites creations. i do not know if re-posting is the word but it does sounds good to me. 🙂

    hugs and i hop you had a great easter.

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